Saturday, June 25, 2016

KonMari - Begin by identifying your goal

"Before you start, visualize your destination" 

Let's paint that picture, shall we?

For me, this is a home where I love cooking, entertaining, and relaxing. I would have people over weekly, for dinner or drinks. You know those commercials where a group of good-looking adults are laughing at a dinner party over giant glasses of Cabernet and admiring some cheese plate - like this, only with pint-glasses and trays of bacon. Ok, maybe small trays of fancy, healthy apps too--something with quinoa or kale? I'm part silly, but I envision parties.

On the weekends, our place would be the best spot for movies, cards, and laughter. The cards may be Cards Against Humanity, or maybe Uno, but games and cards would be on the table. I would not fear people helping out in the kitchen (because drawers are neat and organized), prepping the table (because the dining room only housed the right stuff), and people could effortlessly stay over because the guest room is inviting and totally chill.

I could end the day in a bedroom that was neat and peaceful, like a hotel, maybe with a place to sit and read before bed. Getting ready in the morning would be effortless because all my clothes are pristine and wrinkle-free; my make-up bench would only house the right cosmetics and my bathroom would have only the products I need.

I'd ride my motorcycle to work. The garage would be like those in a design show--everything organized and off the floor. I wouldn't have long-term storage of crap I never use. AND I CAN GET TO EVERYTHING! That would be sweet.

I could have space to run an eBay based business for selling my books and other crap.

 I love the look of Ikea showrooms where spaces look useful and welcoming. When everything says easy to keep clean because there is a place for everything (with space and air around it). The idea of having space for the things I care about, and getting rid of all the stuff carry for ______ reason.

If I were to move, I would like to thankfully pack my things and gladly open boxes because I want my joy in my new space. I do not want to hate the process and hump the weight of my belongings my whole life. I only want real joy, light, and life in my space.

"Think in concrete terms so that you can vividly picture what it would be like to live in a clutter-free space."

I know crap, stuff, and junk are not concrete terms. Perhaps, and I'm just throwing it out there, perhaps that feeling is also one I want to get purged. I want the things I have to have value and meaning to me and purge all those bits that are just "stuff" to me. I want to have a place for everything and only one place, one that doesn't get filled by other things when the thing that lives there is in use.

I want to stop the insanity of Tuperware Jenga! You know what I mean....the plastic or glass containers that somehow breed like tribbles. The pieces that somehow lose lids or bottoms and fall out of the place where they live. I hate this, but do this daily.

Somehow, this space feels slow, quiet, and easy. I don't feel rushed. When I clean weekly, it is just a matter of dust, vacuum, wash. I could have more time to write.

The Hubs hates chachka, knickknacks, trinkets, whatnots and dodads. He loves a clear line of sight and minimal stuff. I always think of solutions to store and hide such things. Ideally, I would like to not hide the stuff and instead have storage for specific items that aide my goals of and entertainment home of joy and peace.

Tomorrow, I will look at my whys. Kondo emphasizes that we must know why we want the space and lifestyle we want. Getting deeply into motivations and discovering my WHY.

Tell me, what does your lifestyle look like? What kind of space do you visualize? Are you more of an Ikea showroom perfection or a country living comfort person inside?

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